Course Details

Delivered through blended learning, you can work full-time and study this MSc degree in Clinical Exercise Prescription. This MSc will provide you with an in-depth and relevant focus on applied and academic clinical exercise prescription for working in allied healthcare.

Start Date
7th October 2023
Masters Degree
Portobello Institute
Course Duration
3 academic semesters


Declining quality of life and physical function are afflictions endured by those living with chronic health conditions across the globe. Clinical Exercise Prescription can ease the pain patients deal with.

Safe and effective clinical exercise prescription has proven to have a great impact on those living with chronic health conditions. Treating those individuals is a continuous responsibility for clinical exercise prescription graduates. Physical activity can be used to prevent, treat and manage a range of chronic health conditions after consideration of the target individual’s health status, baseline fitness, goals and preferences.

Clinical Exercise Prescription allows us to understand the exercise capacity of the individual and where the benefit lies for each specific case in terms of frequency, intensity, type and time will create the most effective treatment. This clinical exercise prescription course will enable practitioners from allied health professions to prescribe exercise for the purposes of disease prevention and disease management in a safe and scientific manner. Students will engage in an evidence-based, clinically focused online learning experience that is globally relevant to reflect the increasing public health demand for clinical exercise prescription.

The aim of this course is to provide additional upskilling to individuals who are interested in progressing their careers in public health and preventative health domains through clinical exercise prescription.

Graduates from rehabilitation, nursing, dietetics and nutrition, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sports science and physiology backgrounds should apply. Graduates from other degree courses will be assessed on an individual basis. Those with clinical experience will be prioritised.

Why should I study this course?

Upon graduation from this course, students will have developed their self-awareness and practical/transferable skills to enhance their employment opportunities. In addition, the teaching team will endeavour to assist students searching for suitable employment in the sector nationally and internationally. There will also be the opportunity for some graduates who want to do a PhD to do so in several specialist universities, both in Ireland and overseas.

Who will recognise my qualification?

Upon completing this level 9 degree, you will hold a MSc in Clinical Exercise Prescription.

What will I study during this MSc Clinical Exercise Prescription – Starts Oct ’23 course?

As a Clinical Exercise Prescription student, you will study the foundational physiology of exercise for health promotion and disease management. You will study a broad range of pathophysiology and develop in-depth knowledge of the biomedical implications of exercise. You will develop the knowledge and skills required to design and deliver safe, evidence-based exercise interventions for specific patient populations. You will learn about the public health challenges that we face globally and the role that exercise can play in preventative management.

You will complete the modules listed below:

  • Applied clinical exercise physiology
  • Clinical exercise prescription for cardiorespiratory populations
  • Clinical exercise prescription across the life-span (paediatrics, geriatrics and pregnancy)
  • Clinical exercise prescription for musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Clinical exercise prescription for special populations (oncology, endocrinology, neurology)
  • Psychosocial factors in Clinical Exercise Prescription
  • Research Methods in Clinical Exercise
  • Dissertation in Clinical Exercise Prescription

You can decide to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate (3 modules), Post-Graduate Diploma (6 modules) or complete the full programme to achieve a Masters award at level 9.

All Higher Education courses undergo a rigorous process of approval. This course is currently going through the approval/ validation process. Course approval/ validation involves external subject experts and academic staff who look at the learning outcomes of the course to ensure it is designed to meet the needs of graduates, employers and industry bodies where relevant. 

  • Applied Clinical Exercise Physiology

    This module analyses the relationships between exercise and a variety of disease states including cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases.  It focuses on aetiology, prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation. 


    On successful completion of this module students will be able to: 

    1. Understand the principles of epidemiological investigations and how they can be applied to investigate the interactions between exercise and diseases.
    2. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the aetiology and characteristics of a range of degenerative conditions, including the role of exercise in causation and treatment
    3. Critically evaluate collection methods and critically interpret some physiological measurements relevant to degenerative diseases
    4. Critically review evidence to support relevant physiological responses to exercise and their practical implications.
  • Clinical Exercise Prescription for Cardiorespiratory Populations

    The module aims to prepare students for safe, effective and ethical practice within the field of cardiovascular and respiratory exercise prescription. 

    Emphasis will be placed on developing a structured system of care which supports patients in managing their condition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This module will use current guidelines and evidence-based practice in cardiovascular and respiratory care as a basis for theoretical and practical lessons and will cover the main subdivisions of cardiovascular and respiratory problems that are diagnosed and managed in the primary care setting. The module will also develop your appreciation of prevention, education, self-management and lifestyle change as strategies to promote autonomy. Students will be encouraged to reflect critically on their own practice and scope of practice within the multidisciplinary team and will be expected to actively participate in discussions, debate and workshops. 


    On successful completion of the module students should be able to: 

    1. Apply knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the mediastinum, heart, the lungs, pleural cavity and diaphragm for the purposes of safe exercise prescription. 
    2. Describe and critically evaluate preventative strategies for reducing risk of developing cardiorespiratory illness.   
    3. Describe and critically evaluate pathophysiological processes underpinning morbidity in cardiorespiratory populations. 
    4. Critically evaluate research relating to exercise prescription for common cardiac and respiratory pathologies including Congestive Cardiac Failure (CCF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, asthma, pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis 
    5. Interpretate relevant investigations of the cardiovascular, respiratory and haematological systems to evaluate both safety and effectiveness of physical activity within cardiorespiratory populations. 
    6. Justify appropriate reasoned decision-making when presented with clinical problems within a framework of evidence-based practice
  • Clinical Exercise Prescription Across the Life-Span (Paediatrics, Geriatrics and Pregnancy)

    The module explores exercise during developmental years and the role of physical activity in childhood and adolescents. You will learn about the latest research that informs evidence-based guidelines for safe exercise prescription during development years for healthy individuals and individuals living with chronic illness or disability. The module explores the role of exercise in preventative healthcare and the promotion of activity to address some of the biggest global health epidemics facing society (e.g. obesity, metabolic syndromes, addiction). The module will prepare students to design and deliver public health initiatives to meet the challenges facing public health systems globally. 

    The module will also equip students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to deliver safe and effective exercise prescription for aging populations. The expanding life-span is set to place a heavy burden on healthcare systems with a larger percentage of the population living to older age exercise and physical activity is an important precursor to promoting independence and sustaining quality of life in older age. 


    On successful completion of the module students should be able to: 

    1. Understand the factors that contribute to optimal health across the lifespan  
    2. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the aetiology and characteristics of a range of public health conditions that are pertinent to global public health  
    3. Critically evaluate best practice guidelines for the design and implementation of public health interventions  
    4. Critically review evidence to support relevant, safe exercise prescription across the lifespan  
  • Clinical Exercise Prescription for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 

    This module encompasses a holistic approach to the prevention, assessment and management of musculoskeletal dysfunction for general, sporting and special populations. Clinical reasoning will be developed through the understanding and application of examination and assessment techniques, as well as a variety of issues in the public health context. 


    On successful complete of this module students will be able to: 

    1. Critically evaluate the holistic approach to prevention and management of musculokeletal injuries in specific populations, with consideration to related disciplines
    2. Effectively select, utilise and critique differentiation tests and outcome measures in the context of clinical exercise for musculoskeletal health
    3. Demonstrate systematic and critical interpretation of the theoretical basis musculoskeletal rehabilitation strategies. 
  • Clinical Exercise Prescription for Special Populations (Oncology, Endocrinology, Neurology)

    This module focuses on specific considerations for exercise prescription in special populations. Emphasis will be placed on common public health conditions (such as diabetes, cancer, renal failure, neurological disability) 

    This module develops students understanding of the interdisciplinary approach to exercise prescription and aims to develop prescriptive skills for clinical, and general populations. 

    Students will a develop the analytical skills required to assess individual needs, set goals and prepare and evaluate long-term exercise plans for a diverse range of clients in a variety of settings.The module will also equip students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to deliver safe and effective exercise prescription for special populations. 


    On successful completion of the module students should be able to: 

    1. Demonstrate an ethical approach to consultative and analytical processes used in exercise prescription. 
    2. Critically review evidence base for exercise prescription in clinical populations. 
    3. Apply the principles of exercise prescription to medically supervised individuals with a variety of chronic conditions.  
    4. Monitor and critically evaluate programmes for a diverse range of clients.
  • Psychosocial Factors in Clinical Exercise Prescription

    This module provides students with an introduction to the role of psychology in the promotion of health and exercise. It deals with topics such as confidence, motivation, psychological factors influencing exercise participation, and issues surrounding fear of exercise engagement related to clinical conditions. Students will develop their understanding and acquire skills to assess and critically analyse clinical exercise situations from a psychological perspective. 


    On successful completion of the module students should be able to: 

    1. Understand how psychological factors influence engagement in clinical exercise intervention
    2. Develop knowledge of relevant psychological theories that are used in public health promotion.
    3. Develop awareness of how exercise and health psychology can be applied with various clinical populations.
    4. Critically evaluate the role of psychological factors within selected exercise and health case studies. 
  • Research Methods in Clinical Exercise

    The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the skills needed for planning, organisation and practice of research in health sciences. 

    By the end of this module, students will be able to:
    – utilise available resources effectively: ability to work autonomously, find and use learning resources, manage time effectively, use computer based skills (word processing, mathematical, statistical, referencing, presentation);
    – apply advanced statistical hypothesis testing tools;
    – manage the project process: from proposal to publication;
    – work collaboratively with others: building inter-disciplinary relationships;
    – be a morally responsible researcher: an appreciation of the wider academic community and the ability to take an ethically sound stance when considering the potential impact of research on others;
    – communicate effectively: being able to communicate knowledge both orally and in a visual format, to demonstrate interactive and group skills; to write in a scientific manner and designated format; to demonstrate written and statistical literacies appropriate to sub-discipline. 


    On successful completion of the module students should be able to: 

    1. Formulate a novel research proposal at the forefront of their academic discipline.
    2. Comprehensively understand ethical processes and procedures when undertaking research involving human subjects.
    3. Identify, employ and critically evaluate a range of statistical skills and techniques, showing a comprehensive understanding of their use, applicability and faults.
    4. Demonstrate critical scientific writing skills.
    5. Evaluate the routes of publication for research output in the student’s sub-discipline and the wider research community. 
  • Dissertation in Clinical Exercise Prescription

    This module will enable students to reinforce the skills necessary to carry out a scientific programme requiring significant research.  It will allow students to demonstrate the final development of their subject knowledge, skills and understanding through extended research based on laboratory, literature or field work. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report. 


    On successful completion of the module students should be able to: 

    1. Plan and execute a piece of original research, placed appropriately in the existing context within clinical exercise prescription 
    2. Demonstrate innovation and originality of thought with respect to basic or applied research. 
    3. Select, execute and interpret appropriate statistical tests at an advanced level of capability using statistical software at a high level of competency. 
    4. Demonstrate an ability for self-managed time in the area of research. 
    5. Present a report that is written clearly in the prescribed style with correct use of English 

Who will I learn from?

Programme Manager

Dr Susan Giblin

‘Sports students are passionate, determined and motivated people. They bring an energy to the classroom that is infectious. They are a joy to mentor and our academic team are invaluable in providing that mentorship to our students.’

About Susan

I have been passionate about sport from a young age, I decided to pursue my passion academically when I had the opportunity to and completed my BSc in Health and Performance Science in UCD. I was part of the first graduating class in Health and Performance Science, the concept of sports science was very new in Ireland at the time and opportunities to gain applied experience were rare. On graduating, I was determined to gain as much hands-on practical experience as possible and I was very fortunate to work as a Sports Scientist at Sports Med Ireland where I gained invaluable insight into the world of supporting elite athletes. Notably, there were no practical or applied experience elements as part of my degree, we worked in the lab but not on the field with coaches or athletes which meant really learning on your feet, trying to gain practical competence when starting to work in applied settings. This was something I knew I wanted to try and change if I ever found myself back in academia. It didn’t make sense to me why the applied and academic aspects of sport were so separate, really to change performance both need to be intertwined. Since then, I have endeavoured to combine applied and academic work.

During my early applied work, I became fascinated with the interplay between physical and psychological performance. I left for the UK to pursue a MSc in Performance Psychology, based in the UK I gained valuable opportunities to work in applied, elite sports settings (largely focused in soccer, motorsport and golf). From there, I completed my psychology accreditation and pursued my PhD and post-doctoral research focusing on the use of technology to assess physical and psychological parameters of development. I returned to Ireland to work with the international data sports science company Kitman Labs as Head of Research and I gained fantastic experiences working with innovative international sports organisations. On completion of my post-doctoral research I began lecturing in sports science and sports psychology. In doing so, I quickly realised that not much had changed in terms of academic qualifications in sport, despite the applied sports industry having developed light years ahead with integration of performance technology. Throughout my career development to date, mentors have been an incredibly important asset to me in terms of personal and professional growth. I wanted to be able to provide similar support to individuals who were passionate about pursuing a career in sport. Portobello institute provided the perfect opportunity to address the frustrating limitations of current educational practices in sport by developing innovative, applied degree programmes that ingrain practical skill competence, personal and professional development for students and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Portobello Sports Team since arriving here as a lecturer in 2016.

Why did you choose to work in education?

Education has always been a big part of my life (despite hating school!!). The value of education and the privilege of being able to pursue third level education was instilled from a very young age. I firmly believe that education is an incredible tool that can be used to build a fulfilling life and education should be accessible and individual. Accessible, individual education is something I am very passionate about; from personal experience I understand that one size rarely fits all in terms of education. Unfortunately, primary and secondary (and in many cases tertiary) education comes in a very generic form and that can be very damaging. In fact, it can lead to individuals not pursing their full potential, or not even recognising the potential that they have to pursue. I am dedicated to ensuring that teaching/lecturing is recognised as a role of great responsibility that goes beyond delivering curricular content and focuses on promoting confident learners who are eager to pursue their dull potential after completing their primary degree.

Your experience as a Programme Manager.

My experience as Programme Manager to date has been an incredibly rewarding one. As Programme Manager I am privileged to support our students from the day arrive to the day they graduate and beyond. The most fulfilling part of my role is being able to work with and get to know the person behind the student number, understanding what their ambitions are and guiding them on to the next step of their journey. That next step may be to postgraduation education or to employment as a practitioner. Whatever it is, my role is to support our students in figuring out their path and providing individual support to ensure that students’ personal, academic and professional development is optimised during their time at Portobello Institute.
In addition to providing personal support, as Programme Manager I am involved in the continual review and strategic development of our academic offering in the Sports Department. I work with industry and academic collaborative partners to ensure that the qualifications we offer our students are leading the curve in the sports industry.

Why Portobello?

Portobello Institute is an agile, innovative Institute of Education. In academia Institutes tend to be slow to change or develop, as sport is such a new and evolving science having an Institute that is willing and able to change ahead of the curve is absolutely essential. Portobello Institute offers this dynamic, forward thinking environment that is focused on changing the way we educate our next generation of practitioners in Sport. Portobello Institute is bridging the gap that has previously existed between applied practice and academic research. The focus here is on developing graduates who are proficient, evidence-based practitioners who are also passionate about scientific research, that is something you just don’t find elsewhere.


  • Post-doctoral fellowship – Psychomotor assessment validation (University of Central Lancashire)
  • PhD Psychomotor Development (University of Central Lancashire)
  • MSc Performance Psychology (University of Edinburgh)
  • PGDiploma General Psychology (University of Derby)
  • BSc Health & Performance Science (UCD)

Research / Industry Participation

  • Accredited member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
  • BASES Accredited Sports Psychologist
  • HCPC Chartered Scientist Status (CSci)
  • Former Head of Research, Kitman Labs Ltd.

Research & Publications:

  • Cruickshank, A., Giblin, S., Collins, D. ‘Mental preparation for competitive sprints’ in The Science of Sprinting. Platt, G., (Eds) Routledge
  • Ng, J., Button, C., Collins, D., Giblin, S., and Kennedy, G. (2019). Assessing the Internal Reliability and Construct Validity of the General Movement Competence Assessment for Children. Journal of Motor Learning and Development  8, 1, 87-106, available from: <>
  • MELG Funded Research in collaboration with UHL HSE and UL. An investigation of physical activity engagement and barriers to engagement in children with T1DM (2019)
  • Giblin, S., Meldrum, D., McGroarty, M., O’Brien S., Wetterling, F. (2015) ‘A markerless motion capture system to enhance injury monitoring in professional sports: a single case validation study on the example of external and internal shoulder rotation’ Functional Sports & Exercise Medicine DOI:10.13140/RG.2.1.3434.5440
  • Giblin, S., Meldrum, D., McGroarty, M., O’Brien S., Wetterling, F. (2015). ‘Wholebody magnetic resonance imaging enables assessment of spatial accuracy and precision of skeletal joint locations inferred from motion capture systems’ 6th Int. Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies October DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3105.0963
  • Giblin, S., Meldrum, D., McGroarty, M., O’Brien S., Wetterling, F. (2015) ‘Bone length calibration can significantly improve the measurement accuracy of knee flexion angle when using a marker- less system to capture the motion of countermovement jump’ DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3105.0963
  • Giblin, S., Collins, D., & Button, C. (2014). Physical literacy: importance, assessment and future directions. Sports Medicine, 44(9), 11771184.
  • Giblin, S., Collins, D., MacNamara, A., & Kiely, J. (2014). “Deliberate Preparation” as an Evidence-Based Focus for Primary Physical Education. Quest, 66(4), 385395.
  • MacNamara, Á., Collins, D., & Giblin, S. (2015). Just let them play? Deliberate preparation as the most appropriate foundation for lifelong physical activity. Frontiers in psychology, 6.

Personal Academic Tutor

The Clinical Exercise Prescription programme will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team reflective of the current primary care system in Ireland (i.e. clinical nurse specialists, primary physicians, cardiac and respiratory physiotherapists, dieticians). The academic team will also include Clinical Exercise Physiologists qualified to PhD level.

Each clinical exercise prescription student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support them throughout their learning journey. They are available to offer telephone and email support to students at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.

This level of one-to-one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.

How will I learn?

Delivery Mode

Students will learn through an active and engaging online clinical exercise prescription course. Material will be delivered through a combination of live-webinar classes, tutorials and small group discussion sessions. Appropriate supporting materials will be provided for each session, together with a wider range of web-based learning resources and other student-centred learning opportunities. Practical sessions (remote) will be used to develop expertise with intervention design and delivery through case-based scenario learning and will form the basis of the coursework component. Each module will have a dedicated leader who will engage and support student learning.

Course Structure

This is a blended learning course delivered over three academic semesters with supported webinars held during scheduled weekends.

This Masters Programme consists of seven modules. You will complete three modules in semester one, three in semester two and during your final semester you will complete your dissertation.

Each semester has three one-day webinars designed to support you to complete the modules scheduled for that semester. Webinars are generally held on a Saturday from 10am to 4pm. You can see an example schedule (not exact for this course) here.

Attendance at webinars is not mandatory but is encouraged for optimal learning outcomes. Support webinars are delivered with the purpose of introducing the module tutor, setting out the learning outcomes, content, the assessment strategy and expectations for skills/knowledge development for that module.

All of the course material is held on an e-learning portal which is an easy to use online platform specifically designed for online learning programmes. During the induction, students will be introduced to the platform with practical demonstration of how to use the portal and access lessons quickly and easily. To complete this course, students must have a basic knowledge of using a computer and searching the internet for research purposes.

Webinars & Tutor Support

The tutorial webinars held at the start and throughout each module introduce you to your tutor who will guide and support you throughout the module. These webinars lay out the module for you and support you to learn and acquire the skills you will need. The assessment and expectations for successful completion are covered in detail as is where and how to access the information on the Moodle platform.

You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance though our online portal.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion.  This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced in the field of Clinical Exercise Prescription as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing online learning together with one to one tutor support.  This mode of delivery includes contact tuition through web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. There is a webinar held at the commencement of each module. Attendance is not mandatory however is encouraged for optimal learning. The webinars are designed to support students understand the requirements of the learning outcomes, the expectations of the assessment and meet their tutor for the module.

What is a Webinar?

A webinar, in the context of online learning, is a lecturer delivering a presentation or class online to a group of students. We use specifically designed e-learning software so you can participate in the class just as if you were present in the same room. You can ask a question of the lecturer at any stage during the class. The software is designed with “break-out rooms” where you can discuss a topic or complete a group exercise with a smaller group from your class. You will need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that has internet connection, an audio facility so you can hear and speak during the class and a camera so your lecturer and fellow class participants can see you. The webinar is a secure online environment and only those permitted entry by the lecturer can gain access to the “classroom”. Webinars are recorded during each session and should you miss a session, you can catch up with the recorded session at a later date. You will only be able to access Webinars of the group you are assigned to.

Semester 1 & 2

Semester 1 runs from 07/10/23 – 07/05/24.

Assessments take place between 22/05/24 – 26/05/24.

Tutorial webinar/seminar held on allocated Saturdays, 10am – 4pm.

Webinars are recorded so you may review at a later stage if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

Semester 3

Semester 3 encompasses the Capstone Project and runs from 10/06/24 – 26/08/24

During this semester, you will work with your supervisor to complete a work-based project. Individual tutorials are generally held at times convenient to both.


How will I be assessed?

The assessments for this masters degree are broadly assignment based. Assessments vary from practice based assignments to reflective essays, all seeking to combine up to date and relevant theory with scenario-based learning and practical implementation.

Career prospects

Currently there are limited comprehensive continuous professional development course options for allied health professionals that focus on the specific clinical considerations for exercise and physical activity prescription in special populations.

The aim of this clinical exercise prescription course is to provide additional upskilling to healthcare professionals who have an interest in career progression in public health and preventative health domains (e.g. diabetic nurse, cardiac physiotherapist etc.). Notably, to apply for more senior positions in the Health Service Executive in Ireland MSc level qualification is a requirement for most allied health professions. Additionally, despite the purported benefits of exercise prescription there is a lack of evidence-based guidelines to support practitioners in the application of exercise as a therapeutic modality. It is hoped that this course will promote practitioner engagement in clinical exercise research.

Furthermore, we hope that this pathway will provide a comprehensive transfer option for exercise scientists and physiologists who wish to work in health care settings with clinical populations.

By the end of the course, students will have developed their self-awareness and practical/transferable skills that will enhance their employability. Engagement with the alumni network and events that enable them to meet with employers and applied practitioners will support their ability to progress their careers. There will also be the opportunity for some of these graduates wanting to do a PhD to do so in several specialist universities, both in Ireland and overseas.

Careers and advice sessions are offered by Portobello Institute academic staff with extremely good industry links, supported by careers workshops and planning sessions from established industry working partners.

Who else has studied this degree?

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How do I apply?

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.


Students will be required to have a minimum of a 2:1 (or equivalent) in a related subject discipline. Candidates with a lower degree award (e.g. 2:2) will be considered on a case by case application with an interview. A detailed statement to support your application to the course. You should also submit an up-to-date CV and copies of awards/professional qualifications. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English Language.


Step 1

Complete the online booking form.


Step 2

Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of eligibility for entry, applicants will be required to submit transcripts of previous qualifications.

Step 3

Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Students will be registered as a post-graduate degree student with London Metropolitan University.

Fees & Payment Options


Course Price

Per academic year.


Exam Body Reg. Fee

Per academic year.


Full Payment

Total amount payable.


Easy Payment Plan

Deposit of 30% upon acceptance of an offer of a place. Balance to be paid in 10 payments due on 1st of the month commencing the first month after the programme commences. Exam registration fees are included in the Easy Payment Plan.

Deposit + 10 Instalments

Deposit payment (€2,917.50), followed by 10 scheduled payments every 1 month(s). Includes one off instalment fee of €295.00.

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